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A review of The scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer

I was extremely glad i received the email from Jellybooks that enabled me to read this book. For those who didn’t see my last post, Jellybooks is a company that collects reading data and gives readers the option to choose one of several books to read. I’s so glad I chose this book.

I love historical fiction, especially when they involve an element of time travel. I’m really glad that the description of this book drew me in and that I chose I among all others. That’s 2 for 2 with the Jellybooks! (Yeaaaahhhh).

The title of this book aptly if not broadly describes the content of the book (not!). It does and it doesn’t, but isn’t that the fun of titles. The novel features Beatrice, named after the Dante’s lady, and an artist named Gabriele (Gab-re-eleh). Beatrice while in Siena following the trail of her brother’s, Ben, research falls through time to medicinal 1300 Siena. A land of deep flavors and intrigue. There she finds a city that welcomes her, finds new love and family, and all before the Black plague fills the city with death. But why does Siena fare worse than other italian communes?

I’m just going to throw in some spoilers. I love that Beatrice got to have her modern amenities, and that she said goodbye in many ways, and I especially loved that epilogue. I’m going to miss the story.

It’s pretty clear that I loved this book. I’ll definitely give it a five-star rating, and would definitely recommend it to my friends.

You should definitely buy/ pre-order it!

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The Diabolical by S.J Kincaid

One day I got a curious email from Simon & Schuster saying something about a reading study (maybe not quite in those exacting terms), and of course, I was like, “where do I sign up?”. The study is actually conducted by Jellybooks. So what happens is that they give you a choice of books, you pick one, and then they give it to you, and study your reading pattern through software in the book.

So, out of all the choices I was given, I chose “The Diabolic” by S.J Kincaid. The description just spoke to me better than the rest, and I was like, “Okay, it seems to be the best of the lot, let’s see”. At first, I didn’t really even want to read it, I was so sick of dystopian novels thinking that they can do something different by being extreme. Not that I don’t still love them. This book is quite the gem.

When I first started it, I expected to drop it in a few chapters, but even though, of course I got busy, I kept going back to it, reading it in the car, and pretty much everywhere. It was good from beginning to end. It was nothing I expected (except for the romance part), and the best part was that it didn’t end in a cliff hanger. There’s possibility for a sequel, but why bother? Unless it’s a spinoff for Neveni (*wink *wink).

This story is set in a space, in a world where the emperor has used false religion to divide the “kingdom”, and diminished the treasury for his own gluttonous needs. And then there’s Tyrus, successor primus and royal dominatrian heir.

And then there’s Nemesis Impyrean, diabolic to Sidonia Impyrean. What this means is that she’d die for Sidonia if needed, and so when the power-hungry emperor calls Sidonia to his pAlsace for crimes of heresy that her father committed, Nemesis goes in her place.

What she doesn’t expect is to become more than she thought she was.

I would definitely give this book a five ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review, and recommend it to all my friends.  And now, I have to go find more S.J Kincaid books, because they’re said to be pretty much award-winning.

Breath of fire by Amanda Bouchet

In reading this novel, I challenged both myself and the author. I did not read book 1 of the Kingmaker chronicles; Promise of Fire, I only read book 2. I was perusing netgalley when I across the book, both the cover and description enticed me. I was most certainly not disappointed. I give this book a 5 star rating.

First, I loved how the story continued, and I love that I didn’t really have to scramble to figure out what was going on in the book. Sure, I didn’t read book 1 (I sure will now!), but I merrily went on the trip, and I was delighted. It was what I expected and more.

Catalisa Fisa aka Cat is Beta Fisa, heir to the throne of Fisa, when her mother dies. Problem is, her mother doesn’t want to die, and she is as far from benevolent as you can get, even to her children. gods are involved, Hades, Zeus, Athen, Poseidon, actively, there are oracles, tattooed snakes that come to life, undead wolves, and magick! It was a swashbuckling adventure! Mythological tales are woven to create this wonderful world of ice and thrones!

There was the continued romance between Cat and Griffin, Alpha (in spirit and name) Sinta (Read book 1! Or 2, you’ll get it), brotherhood, and wonderful suprises along the way! I would definitely recommend this to all of you, especially those who love tales that go in the archetypal David and goliath form, feminine heroes (I call the Female vanguards), and revolutions.

A review of Landlocked by Jessica Gunn

Oh wow! I was pleasantly surprised by landlocked. It’s nice to know that Jessica Gunn actually takes notes of reviews. In my review of book one Gyre, I did not like Trevor all that much, I felt he was a wuss, but boy oh boy, have Chelsea and Trevor grown. Not only has the characters grown, the author has too. I quite frankly expected this book to not be as good as it was, but Jessica Gunn has done a five star job on this one.

I loved this book. In my review of Gyre, I had said that the book was predictable, but I can’t say that for this book. It was hardly predictable, and that just showed me growth, and showed me as a reader that the author was willing to grow. I sincerely cannot wait for book three. How’s anything gonna go? I don’t know? Things are up in the air all around.

So, in this book, it’s been two years since SeaSat 5 was taken? Everything we thought we knew was a lie. Who are the players in this war? Do we really know? Personally, I can’t wait to find out. I’m really pleased with this book because it actually developed the story and didn’t just go round in a loop like some YA books do.

The characters are grown up (well just 2 years), but they’re different. Like I said, I did not like Trevor that much, but really, it was that I didn’t respect him. But his character has grown so much, and I definitely like and respect him now. Good job to Jessica Gunn! I loved Gyre, but I didn’t like Trevor, and now she has made me like and respect him. Chelsea, Chelsea, still love her. She’s definitely still in my female vanguard collection, but boy oh boy are things up in the air. And weird. Uhm. We’ll see in Book 3.

I would definitely recommend Landlocked to everyone, and if you haven’t read Gyre, do so first!

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A review of Assena Blessed by Tracy M. Joyce

I was really excited to read the next chapter in Isaura’s life. The first book was a tapestry of lives moving together but never really intersecting. This book finally pits all the lives together and we see the waves come together. In this book, we really see Isaura coming into her own. It’s bloody, wicked and exciting. I’m sure just like me you were waiting for Karan’s people to meet Isaura’s people. And yes, I think we were all expecting the chemistry that ensued between Karan and Isaura. I don’t want to say too much, but this book reveals the origins of the Assena and The lady.

This book combines imagination, surprise, intrigue, chemistry, and history to create a magical, bloody, brutal and real story that still manages to capture the essence of life. There’s so much that happens, and if you’ve read Altaica, you know what I mean. It doesn’t disappoint, the story goes where you hope it goes, but at the same time, it changes, surprises, and sets up what’s to come in the third chapter (coming in 2017).

I most definitely can’t wait for the book to be released. This book deserves a five out of five stars.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A review of “Spies like me” by Doug Solter

This story features a group of girls, code name “The Gems”. They totally remind me of this show I used to watch “Totally spies”. Doug wrote that he wanted to write the type of story that hasn’t really been a focus of young adult, and one of the reasons that I loved totally spies was because it focused on sisterhood and on girls empowering themselves. Doug has a history of writing empowering books and this does not disappoint. This would most definitely be empowering to young girls out there.

The focal point of this story is Emma . She is reeling from the loss of her father, and what she thinks was his murder, and then she gets a chance to do something about it. “Black Opal, meet Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby”. Emma has to find a way to navigate this new relationship and at the same time stop an evil super villain group form destroying the world. High school has never been so interesting, especially when you’re not there as often as you ought to be, and when you’re halfway across the globe. Oh, and throw in a dreamy boy.

I’ll give this story a four out of five stars, and would recommend this for young girls, although everyone will have something to learn from it.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A review of “Wink Poppy Midnight” by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Quite frankly, I don’t think it could have had a better title than that. It was a beautiful, entrancing, mysterious rendition of the life of a dreamer, a rebel and a hero; Wink, Poppy, Midnight.I was mad about it, in both sense of the words. I though “Manic” when I finished it, but it really wasn’t. It was woven together quite beautifully.

The tale, as there is nothing else quite fitting, is full of tales, fairy and all that drives the characters forward. Who they are, and who they come to be are driven by these thoughts of themselves as character archetypes.

Wink the red haired foundling (and she, a foundling) is lost in a world that makes sense only to those whom she wants it to. She is exactly as she seems, you only have to look. Poppy, the graceling, a beautiful, rebellious girl who thinks the world should let her be is growing up, only she doesn’t know it. And, Midnight, angelic and about to truly know what it is to want and to take. This is their story.

We get to see things from all three character’s point of view. A very integral part to the tale. The book is for a wanderer at heart, for a dreamer, for a rebel, and for anyone who’s always wanted to be good. The writing style and the incorporation of fairy and fantastical tales moves the story along and gives us a hint of who the characters are, how they see themselves, how they are the others and finally reconciles us to the knowledge of what we might not want to accept, and for what we might have suspected but could never be sure of.

Yes, yes it is a mystery, but it is also a coming to age story and a story of realizations. Of who we are, and who we think we are. The epigraph at the beginning of the tale finally makes sense. “You’re the hero of your own story” – Joseph Campbell. If you’ve ever wanted to let go, or if you’ve ever wanted to dream, this is a book for you.

Fans of Adi Alsaid will love the whimsical nature of this tale.

A Review of Gyre by Jessica Gunn

Gyre was brilliant. Chelsea is Atlantean and Trevor is Lemurian. Chelsea is an archeologist and Trevor is a video game maker. They should never have met, but fate brought the two together and into a war centuries older than they were; Atlantean vs. Lemurian. In the book, both factions are thought to be myth. J. Gunn made something that should have been paranormal normal. It was kinda weird at first. I mean, even in the book, it’s not normal. They are supposed to be creatures of fantasy, but they just so happen to be on a submarine where there are others like them.

The plot seems predictable, but trust me when I say the storyline was intriguing to the max. Ish happened! We should call Chelsea, Chelsea the Brave. And Trevor, boy oh boy. He was annoying (for the most part). He made several stupid moves and could have prepared everyone for what happened, especially to the girl who showed him what freedom was, but he was scared. That’s a new on , uh? The hero being scared. Isn’t he supposed to be the strong man who made everything alright? Nope, not Trevor (in the annoying parts, but he was helpful many times). Trevor was a hero (in some ways), but Chelsea was a vanguard. I’m definitely sticking this book in my “Female Vanguard” kindle collection.

The book was kinda slow and fast at the same time. The entire book was action all the way, and it started that way. I think that might have been why it read slow simultaneously. I just wanted more action, and when I tell you I got it, it’s not a lie. But, still my soul yearned for me. Silly me, I mean Chelsea did some pretty hardcore things, and the drama from Trevor? It should have been enough. Maybe that’s just because it was all high? Maybe. I think it was like we were stuck in Climax mode all through. Sounds fun right? Yeah, but the slow-fast drive still nags me even now. I just can’t quit rout my hands on it.

Anyway, I can’t wait for book two, because guess what? The action still continues and thank the Almighty that this cliffhanger didn’t make me wanna claw my eye out.

I would definitely recommend this to a friend. It really was good, I’mm just quirky. I loved the storyline, the action and everything in between. I’ll give it a 4 ½ out of 5 stars if anyone is asking.

Review: Sabin, by A.M Hargrove

Sabin, leader of the Seven, is on the search for a doomsday weapon that could end the world in the wrong hands. Sweet Serena’s love of diving is going to thrust her into Sabin’s world, when she finds a pendant that intrigues her. I loved their relationship. Their dynamic was sweet and definitely met up with the expected standards. You know, loner meets his Achilles heel…  you know, the best kinds ~ ~

It was a good novel, but I felt it needed a bit more attention in certain places. The storyline while forecast-able was told in a manner that made it interesting. However, I would have loved to see more about the brotherhood of the Seven. Is there sub-genre we love more than the Brotherhood type? Serena and Edge are supposed to be BFFs later, but their interaction until their closeness was thrust upon us wasn’t quite shown. Sure, they had a few encounters, but definitely not the kind that I believe would have led to the kind of friendship that was later indicated. Still, I love  me some edge though.

I like all the characters in this book, but I would have loved to see some more interaction between the seven, but I guess that’s what book 2s are for. I am definitely in for that, but I hope I get to see more family moments.

Overall, this was a good book and I’ll like to see more of the characters. 4 stars!!!!

*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for a(n) honest review.

Vintage, A novel by Lisa Suzanne

I love rockstar novels and this was no exception. Vintage is a mystery, thriller love story, and is the first of the bunch. No fears though, the cliff didn’t make me wanna hang myself. I seriously hate cliff hangers when I don’t have the second book right away, but this was all good.

Vintage is the story of Roxanna Cecilia “Jimi”, Daughter of Gideon Price, Lead singer of Black Shadow AND up-and-coming rockstar (not lead, but definitely our leading man) Parker James, Guitarist, Back-up Vocalist and Songwriter of Flashing Light.  Jimi has been through the wringer when it comes to love and is gun shy of musicians who might want to use her for a connection to her father and mysterious Parker is the man who finally makes her bleed and feel. The connection between them is instantaneous, but can she trust him?

Jimi is a girl after my own heart. I love her vulnerability and her fears about love and I love the couple together. At first, I was apprehensive. There are so many secrets, and even after this first volume, there is so much we need to know.

And then there’s Jimi’s relationship with her dad which I adore. We all know those relationships or we are in them. They have a special bond, but he’s been keeping secrets from her. What’s going on and why must she go on tour with him so he can “protect” her?

This book is full of a maelstrom of feelings, mysteries and love. Throughout the novel, you’re constantly guessing at what is going on and I love that about a book. I will definitely recommend this to a friend and give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for a(n) honest review.